THE VOTES are in, you’ve spoken, and the winners of the annual Standard Champions Community Awards have been announced.
The richly-deserving nominees and winners picked up their awards at a glittering ceremony in Butlins recently.
Standard Editor Philip Murray said: “It was a great honour for me to help present this year’s awards.
“The nominees were a richly-deserving group of inspirational people from all walks of life - and all of whom have moving and inspiring tales to tell.
“Their wonderful stories illustrate once again what remarkable characters we have in the local area.
“And their achievements inspired our readers to vote for them in their droves.
“Some of the categories were incredibly tight - in one case just three votes separated the winner and runner-up.
“I’d like to congratulate everyone who was nominated for this year’s awards and wish each of them the very best for the future.
“The standard of the nominees in 2012 will take some beating, but I look forward to seeing who our readers choose to put forward for the awards when the competition returns in 2013.”
Handing over the trophies on the night was Kit Hawkins, from the competition’s main sponsor, Centrica, who said the standard of this year’s nominees was truly marvellous and that it had made choosing the final overall winner all the more difficult (see sidebar on page seven).
Other sponsors who helped to make this year’s glittering awards possible included drinks reception sponsors Butlins, programme sponsors Lincolnshire Regional College, and the sponsors of the meal - G. Simpsons Butchers Ltd from Sleaford, Pocklingtons Bakery and Cote Hill Cheese from Market Rasen.
The overall winner of this year’s Standard Champions awards was Skegness Hospital Watch’s Geoff Poulter.
He was picked from among the winners of the individual categories by the award’s main sponsor - Centrica - who said that the standard of the awards was so high that choosing just one winner was very, very difficult indeed.
Speaking at the ceremony, Centrica’s development manager, Kit Hawkins, said: “It was a very hard job for us at Centrica to be able to select just one overall winner from all of the nominees - they are all so worthy of the top prize.
“We chose Geoff for his exceptional dedication to the community and it is both an honour and a privilege to support such an important event,” he added.
Geoff was overwhelmed by the double-honour of being chosen as the overall winner, and also being voted as winner of the Community Spirit award by readers of the Standard.
“I think it’s fantastic that I was nominated and it’s such an honour to actually win it,” he said.
“I feel so humbled and overwhelmed by not only this award but also the help that people have given towards fundraising for the hospital equipment,” he added.
Geoff was nominated for his awards for his sterling work on behalf of Skegness Hospital Watch.
During his long association with the group he has worked tirelessly to help raise money for vital life-saving equipment that will be used at Skegness Hospital.
He was also nominated for his work with the Ingoldmells Community Group.
- Overall Winner - Geoff Poulter
- Youth Achiever - Winner, Starr Halley; highly-commended, Mariah Tomey and Tammy Heath
- Sportsperson Award - Winner, Heather Downs; highly-commended, Paula and Marcia Smith
- Carer Award - Winner, Sarah Barker, highly-commended, Carol Bell
- Top Teacher - Winner, Gareth Smith; highly-commended, Steve Lowndes
- Community Spirit - Winner, Geoff Poulter; highly-commended, Pat and Elsie Ellis.
- Salty’s Child Achiever - Winner, Amie Austin; highly-commended, Molly Hunter-Clarke.
- Senior Achiever - Winner, Derek Johnson; highly-commended, Winston Moses.
- Customer Care - Winner, Patricia Heeley, highly-commended, Angelene Handley, Ben Walker.
- The video shows some of the winners and runners-up receiving their trophies and certificates from Centrica’s Kit Hawkins.